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One for the Beards in your life!

Tonight, I am talking about males and their beards. Are you a bird with a bearded boy in your life? The lads in Dublin have become more metrosexual over the last 5 years or so, their grandfathers are probably turning in their graves. Beards in particular have become extremely popular, so I am going to let you in on a little gem in the heart of Dublin.. The Grooming Rooms.

Now, unless you like your man looking like Robin Williams when he comes out of Jumanji, he should probably be grooming it and keeping it in tip-top shape.

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The Grooming Rooms in South William Street is the place to send him to get a proper trim on his beard or moustache. They can get their hair cut here or book in for a manicures and pedicures too but let’s not tip them over the edge just yet.  The Grooming Rooms offer a range of male treatments including facials and massages, with no happy ending!

Their place is really nice, the decor is set to look like an old Victorian barbers, I enjoy going in there myself to pick up a voucher or some hair cream. They can be pampered as they sit in the specialist Barbershop chairs with old style sinks.

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, why not treat him to a beard trim or hair cut? Or if  you are sadistic enough, a voucher for his sack, back and crack?! They stock great brands such as Yonka, Dermalogica and American Crew, so it’s a great one stop shop for men. The Grooming Rooms would be a great pre-wedding pamper session for the men before the big day. Good riddance to just a shower, shave and a sh*te!

Here’s a list of items that every bearded man should have:

Dr K Soap Company – Beard Tonic 

This tonic is made of natural oils and promotes the healthy growth of the hair and soothes the skin underneath. Plus it smells lovely, thanks to the peppermint, rosemary and lavender. Mmm, his beard will never smell like his lunch again. Just one or two drops are needed to condition the beard which makes it long-lasting too.

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This product is €14.95 and it is available on the Dr K Soap Company, their website is cool, or in The Grooming Rooms. 

Boots – Wide Toothed Comb

Brushing the beard through is also very important,  a knotted beard is going to be sore and you know they can’t handle pain. A wide tooth comb is best for working through the beard. You can pick up a comb like this in Boots for €2.39.

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Wahl – Groomsman Trimmer 

To ensure your man doesn’t look like Tom Hanks in Castaway, check out the Wahl range of trimmers. They can do a quick trim on themselves in between appointments. These are relatively inexpensive and they would also make a great gift for a Groomsman/Best Man. You can check out Boots.ie for these trimmers. You can get this trimmers for €14.99.

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Now if he still smells after this or looks like Hagrid…  then he’s a lost cause!

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Featured Images // The Grooming Room

Featured Images // Dr K Soap Company

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Dylan Bradshaw Salon – The Nails and Makeup Experience

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Ah, my love affair with Dylan continues..  Marry me?! I visited the Dylan Bradshaw the other week to experience their nail bar and makeup. As someone who is regularly beautifying others, it’s a real treat to go and get pampered myself. I got to test out some of Dylan Bradshaw’s own brand makeup too.. I was happy as a pig in sh*t!

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The salon itself is plush and always looks immaculate and the staff are really friendly too, which is always a bonus I feel. Again, this is not the free Prosecco or the Lindt chocolate tallking! Michelle and Leanne were tasked with helping me to enjoy my pampering. Michelle did my makeup and she was brilliant, talking me through the DB products, I loved the makeup look she created.

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I went for a red polish as I hadn’t had a red in awhile and it goes with lots, Leanne was lovely and she gave an immaculate polish. It was the Shellac polish that Leanne applied and it’s still perfect on my nails at the moment. I am a bit of a slapper for the Shellac, it literally comes off and it is straight back on again every 2-3 weeks.

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Some of my favourite products from my makeover were: 

1. db FACE Skin Transforming Foundation in Cream Beige or Almond 

Michelle used a mix of these two colours on me in order to match me down perfectly to my tan. This is a lovely light foundation but still gives your coverage. My skin felt like it could breathe and I really like the finish it gave me, it felt smooth and luxurious. It was long-lasting too. It glided on and the pump will make sure you don’t overuse the product. You can get this foundation in the Dylan Bradshaw Salon and one of the girls will happily match you up. It’s €32 and I think I will be adding it to my kit very soon.

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2. db FACE Tawney Peach Blusher

A lovely blusher to give you that gentle glow without making you look overdone. I really like this colour and found it worked really well against my skin, highlighting and reflecting to compliment my skin tone. It’s very similiar to MAC’s Warm Soul. This blusher is €22.

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3. db FACE Goddess Lipstick

A fab nude lipstick that worked really well against my skin tone, it was long-lasting and matte. It did not dry out easily either, which is always good. No one likes a scaldy lip! This product is €22 also.

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I don’t have a picture of my other favourite product but it was the db FACE Eyelights Sunbronze and it was gorgeous on the lid of my eye, really popping the blue out. It would also be gorgeous on you green-eyed babies. It’s €15.00 and it’s going into my kit.. and my personal pile too.. which is ever growing!

Finally, their brushes are of excellent quality. They have a Fibre Foundation brush for €26, or the smaller one for €19, the brush is very similar to the MAC Fibre Brush.. except a lot less 🙂

The Nails and Makeup Experience would be fantastic as a treat for someone special, a hen party warm-up or when you fancy being a Primadonna and treating yourself. I will definitely be returning for my hair, makeup and nails. You can check out Dylan Bradshaw here, they are based at 56 South William Street or you can phone them on: 01-6719358.

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Lip Voltage… When your lips are like a Granny’s!

This week I have been trying out Lip Voltage – Mix Up the Voltage. I had heard a lot of good, and some mixed, reviews about this product, so I was looking forward to giving it a go. I used to use the old Too Faced Lip Injection product back in 2005 and I found that one just made me look like I had had a bottle of Ribena. I was also slightly weary that I was going to end up looking like Leslie Ash, post MRSA.

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Lip Voltage is a non-injectable peptide to give you the look of collagen lip plumper. With this, you can have warm to hot tingle sensation, it’s probably not for the faint hearted. You get a little syringe with the extra serum and add it to the gloss.. Mix it for 20 seconds and leave to rest then for at least 30 seconds, then you can apply and wait for the tingle effect to get you.

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On the the first night, I added 1ml from the syringe and then went for another 0.5ml, I even got my boyfriend to put one layer on, while I put on three. You could see the difference right away in terms of colour while the plump slowly came through. One thing I would say is, be careful when added the gloss to the lips, if you overrun your lips you ended up with what looks like a ‘tash rash from wearing the face off Burt Reynolds.

I got a nice plump lip though and while it does change the colour of your lip, the colour was good. The first photo in the grid is before.

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On Saturday, I put one layer on my lower lip and two layers on my upper lip and I barely noticed the tingle. I then outlined my plumper lips with my Make Up Forever Aqua lip pencil, the colour match from the product and the liner was spot on. This gave me a slightly enhanced looking lip, Kylie Jenner ain’t got shiz on me.

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One thing I would say is, I find the product wears off quite quickly. You would probably want to reapply throughout the day in order to keep the plumpness. I do like how you can turn up the the level of plump if you think it’s not enough.

I got mine from Dolledup.ie for €30.00, their dispatch was super fast too. It’s a little more expensive than the normal Lip Voltage as you get to crank it the voltage to your own taste.

I would recommend this product if you’d like to see how you look with an enhanced lip, for a bride, for someone who is just plain petrified of surgery or maybe just for a special occasion.

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Because sometimes we just need a good hand… cream ;)

I know hand creams may not be on top of your beauty list especially when we are all sticking to budgets. Having always been into my nails, borderline anal, I have only really got into hand creams myself in the last year or so. Now, I love them. It’s nearly a treat putting some on before I go out the door.

Our hands, decolletage and knees are giveaway signs of aging, along with the incontinence of course! Think of Madonna with her youthful face, but terrible hands. There is no point spending big €’s on our face for our body to tell a different story. Hand creams will leave your skin feeling better, looking good and also protecting against the harsh winter elements. Oh, and they smell really good too. Most hand creams work really well alongside your perfume, further enhancing your preferred scent.

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I would really recommend hand creams to the brides of 2015, your hands will play a large part in a number of your photos, you should have them looking their best, your nails and ring will look even better too.

Hand cream will also help with your tan on your hands too, your tan will be less likely to cake in areas. There’s nothing as bad as an overly tanned oompa loompa hand!

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I have tested a few hand creams over the last while and these ones are the ones I like the most.

Clarins – Hand and Nail Treatment Cream 

This cream contains Japanese mulberry, sesame and myrrh, working together to strengthen your nails and leaving your hands feeling super soft. It also targets age spots whilst preventing the appearance of new spots, I love the smell of this, as soon as I put it on I instantly feel good. It also provides protection for your hands against the weather and general household wear and tear. Some people put their hand cream on throughout the day but I just put this on as part of my morning routine to make the tube last. It leaves my hands feeling and smelling so good that I am constantly cupping and smelling them all the live long day. This is a fantastic gift for young and old alike or for when you just want to treat yourself.

You can get Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment for €21.00 in Boots, Debenhams and other Clarins stockists. I usually order mine with my Nioxin shampoo and conditioner on beautyfeatures.ie as it’s only €19.83 on here saving yourself a small amount.

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Bobbi Brown – Extra Handcream

I came across this lovely product back in November and it’s so good. This product smelt so good that I circled the Bobbi Brown counter three times to go back in for re-sniffs and after the assistant asking me was I okay for the second time, I think she might have meant mentally. The Extra handcream smells like a spa for hands, instantly nourishing the hand to eradicate any dryness.

The cream contains shea butter and sage to increase moisture, the glucosamine gently exfoliates while it helps to lessen the appearance of discolorations. Apricot and avocado also come into play to leave your hands smoother for longer. It asborbs really quickly so you won’t be held up waiting for it to dry in. My hands smelled and felt amazing all day. I really like the simple, clean cut, almost retro feel to the tube. Good work Bobbi.

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A lovely gift for someone special, it is available in Brown Thomas for €28.00.

Cien Hand Cream

Lidl’s Cien hand cream features here not just for price but for quality of product too. This cream will cost you less than €2.00, you can slap it on during the day and/or night and even offer it around to people. It’s lightweight and smells nice too giving you soft hands at a snippet of the price. This products work very well massaged directly onto your cuticles too. Try this after you’ve just had your shellac removed and your nails need some loving.

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You can get this in all Lidl’s throughout the country.

Take it handy,

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